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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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Distress and disability: not you, not me, but us?

Distress and disability: not you, not me, but us?

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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Peter Beresford

Policy Press

The relationship between distress and disability has continued to be a vexed and controversial one. These tensions extend between conceptualizations, internal and external definitions, cultures and movements. At the same time, dominant professional models of ‘recovery’ and increasingly reactionary public policy and political attitudes towards mental health service users highlight the problems of isolation and co-option facing mental health service users and the users/survivor movement. The aim of this chapter is to explore the potential for building common understanding and points of agreement between disability and distress and competing discourses about the two. Particular attention is paid to the development of social model thinking, neuro-diversity and mad studies, exploring opportunities for meeting points and alliance.

Keywords:   mad studies, neuro-diversity, disability, distress, recovery, survivors

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